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p r o j e c t Jack

Richland Hills near Fort Worth solved Birdville ISD’s se-

c l i e n t Birdville

vere lack of space. Prior to the August 2008 completion

a r c h i t e c t HKS

of the $11 million project, 21 portable classrooms had

d e s i g n t e a m Mark

been in use. HKS designed Binion Elementary to initially

Mabry; Dean Mobley

accommodate 700 students but also to be flexible for fu-

c o n t r a c t o r Key

ture growth in enrollment. The firm’s principal-in-charge,

c o n s u l t a n t s Structural

Mark VanderVoort, AIA, said the design also allows edu-

Schrickel Rollins & Associates (civil, landscape); JMK Food Service

C. Binion Elementary School, Richland Hills ISD VanderVoort, AIA; Greg Frnka, AIA; Jessica

Construction Engenuity (structural) ; IEG (MEP);

cators to customize classrooms according to activities

Consulting & Design (foodservice)

or curriculum, adding, “Open, studio-like areas serve

p h o t o g r a p h e r Blake


every grade level. These spaces are intended for various



The new 88,000-sf Jack C. Binion Elementary School in

group sizes and learning activities.” Built in an L-shape

r e s o u r c e s concrete pavement :

immediately adjacent to the original campus, the new

Fence; architectural woodwork and manufactured casework : Contractor

Consys Concrete;

fences :


school’s modern design pays homage to its mid-century

Millwork Services;

predecessor. Construction was phased so classes could

Supply; tile : R&E Floor Designs; signage : Sign & Awning; protective

continue as the replacement school was being built, then

covers : AVADEK; operable partitions : Modernfold Door & Specialties;

the old school was razed to allow a park-like playground

food service equipment : Kirby Restaurant Supply; blinds , roller shades ,

to face the neighboring community. With emphasis on

stage curtains , cubicle curtains :

metal and wood doors , hardware :

Dallas Door &

Kite’s Draperies

horizontal lines and cantilevering roof forms, along with the use of similar brick colors, the new building is a blend


of old and new. The school’s design also looks to the future with sustainable strategies such as transparency and First Floor Plan 1 Teaming Area 2 Library 3 Main Entry 4 Administration 5 Music 6 Stage 7 Cafetorium

daylighting. The new Binion Elementary School received Special Recognition in the Outstanding Primary category in the 2009 Exhibit of School Architecture co-sponsored by the Texas Association of School Administrators and the Texas Association of School Boards. S u s a n


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